“Our Reachout coach was always ready to answer any question, and faithfully reminded us during our VBS week that she was praying for us.”
Coaching whenever you need it by your own personal Reachout Coach - an expert in Reachout’s materials with years of experience as a director (assigned when you place your order)
Focused prayer by your Coach and Reachout staff leading up to and during your VBS week
Superior service, heartfelt customer care
Connection with a growing network of Reachout churches and VBS directors sharing their collective wisdom and offering mutual support and prayer
Reachout adventure age groupings refer to grades just completed.
Order sufficient quantities of 4’s-Kindergarten Student Packets. Churches often under-order for this age group which, in fact, usually draws the most children. It is wiser (and less costly) to slightly over-order than it is to have to place a rush, overnight order for extra materials once your VBS is underway!
A general rule of thumb is that your order numbers will decrease as the age group increases. Keep in mind, however, that many churches tell us that a VBS Reachout Adventures program draws more 5th-6th graders than any other they have used!
If you used Upward Bound in 2013, take your final attendance figures, consider any obvious changes, and add between 5%-10% for a natural increase due to siblings, publicity, etc.
If you used a non-Reachout Adventures curriculum in 2013, consider your potential for adding more students due to a fresh, new approach. Don’t underestimate the drawing power of a unique, adventure-filled VBS!
If you did not hold a VBS in 2013, determine the number of children who attend your Sunday School and elementary youth programs. Then evaluate your potential for drawing additional children in from the community:
We know how difficult it is to predict the number of students you will have when you are placing your order. While we have a no return policy, we will do all we can to accommodate your needs by allowing exchanges between one grade level of student books and another, and by sending additional materials as you need them. Rush shipping is available upon request.
“I've attended many VBS closing ceremonies over the year and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate how God-glorifying this VBS was!”
With some minor adjustments to the schedule, VBS Reachout Adventures’ program can easily be used as an evening VBS. In fact, the availability
of men and women to serve in staff positions who have daytime work commitments makes this a viable alternative for churches struggling with
staffing. Consider running concurrently a special program for parents, such as a Bible study or video series.
Reachout Adventures’ schools are ideal for a Bible Camp setting, as the curriculum provides the adventure theme, Biblical content, lingo,
music, recreation ideas, competition, and suggested decorations, all of which are desirable aspects for a camp program.
Have the Storyteller present half of the lesson at each chapel. (You’ll find there is plenty of material provided if you want to divide it into two sections.)
Devote the second chapel to a review of the lesson and life application (probably without the costumed Storyteller appearing).
Complete the worksheets in a small group discussion format during the second chapel.
The daily Bible readings are perfect for the campers’ daily devotions, either individually or as a cabin
(especially for the younger ages). While you will not have the advantage of parental involvement (unless it is a Family Camp), counselors
can assist the children in meeting their memory work and service project requirements. The Recreation Packet activities can be expanded
since your facility presumably accommodates more active, outdoor events.
Weekly Kids’ Club
VBS Reachout Adventures’ school can readily be developed into a weekly kids’ club format. How much of the lesson content
can be told each week will depend on the amount of time allocated for your program.
With VBS Reachout Adventures’ emphasis on teaching both churched children and their neighborhood friends, this curriculum is adaptable
for use as a Backyard Club in various neighborhoods. By scheduling clubs on different weeks or on the same weeks at nearby locations, the
costumed Storyteller can visit all of the different sites. When scheduled on different weeks, decorations can also be shared. Decorations
can be simple, and yet convey well the space adventure theme.
VBS Reachout Adventures’ curriculum can also be used as part of a Day Care program. How you incorporate the material will depend
on the current structure of your Day Care schedule. The children will love the music; it is amazing how much they can learn of
the Scriptures and God’s truth through the songs. The lesson handwork and craft projects, many of which reinforce the story, are terrific for
your regular craft time.